(?) n. [L. expectio. exspectio: cf. F. expectation.] 1. The act or state of expecting or looking forward to an event as about to happen. "In expectation of a guest." Tennyson.
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My soul, wait thou only upon God, for my expectation is from him.
Ps. lxii. 5.
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2. That which is expected or looked for.
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Why our great expectation should be called
The seed of woman.
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3. The prospect of the future; grounds upon which something excellent is expected to happen; prospect of anything good to come, esp. of property or rank.
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His magnificent expectations made him, in the opinion of the world, the best match in Europe.
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By all men's eyes a youth of expectation.
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4. The value of any chance (as the prospect of prize or property) which depends upon some contingent event. Expectations are computed for or against the occurrence of the event.
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5. (Med.) The leaving of the disease principally to the efforts of nature to effect a cure.
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Expectation of life, the mean or average duration of the life individuals after any specified age.

Syn. -- Anticipation; confidence; trust.
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